We at the Library are saddened and outraged by the senseless death of George Floyd and so many other black and brown people who have experienced similar racially-motivated injustices.
We acknowledge the trauma, anger, and frustration that yet another tragedy like this creates for all of us, in particular the Black community, and other communities of color, who are already experiencing a disproportionate impact from COVID-19.
As a public library, we work to bring people together, to explore ideas, to learn and grow, and, in the process, earning the trust of our patrons. Public libraries hold dear the First Amendment and the right to intellectual freedom. To those ends, we support the right to peacefully assemble, organize, and protest for change. Many of the changes in our country have taken place because brave people have stood tall against oppression.
Every American should be willing to stand against racism and oppression and give support to those individuals, organizations, and leaders who are working for change.
We cannot lose sight of the end goal – equality and justice for all. We must commit ourselves to addressing the injustice in our systems and institutions and to increasing our efforts at building equitable communities where everyone feels safe and is treated humanely regardless of their race.
To begin this difficult but necessary work, we must each educate ourselves. The Library has compiled three antiracism reading lists with titles from our collection for all ages. We will continue to add to these resources.